Donald Trump meets with Henry Kissinger on foreign policy

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Donald Trump Meets With Henry Kissinger

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday.

The meeting reportedly took place at Kissinger's home in New York and lasted about an hour. The move is likely an attempt to strengthen Trump's foreign policy agenda. The Washington Post notes Kissinger has "long been the GOP's preeminent elder statesman on world affairs, in particular on the U.S. relationship with China."

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Kissinger has been critical of the real-estate mogul in the past. After Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the United States Kissinger told FOX Business Network, "If he were the Republican nominee he would urge him not to make such a blanket exclusion."

The face-to-face meeting reportedly comes after multiple phone calls between Trump and the 92-year-old diplomat, who served as secretary of state and national security advisor under both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

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Dr. Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State. (AP Photo)
Henry Kissinger is shown in his White House office in Washington in this undated photo. Notes and transcripts of phone calls Kissinger made in the White House will be opened, giving the public its first look at records that President Nixon's baritone-voiced foreign affairs adviser has carefully guarded for three decades. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1973 file photo, North Vietnam delegate Le Duc Tho, left, and U.S. presidential adviser Henry Kissinger shake hands after their meeting where the Peace agreement was initialed at the International Conference Center in Paris, France. The Paris Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam was signed on January 27, 1973. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz, File)
FILE - In this June 11, 2013, file photo, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gestures during a birthday reception for his 90th birthday in Berlin, Germany. Kissinger has undergone an aortic valve replacement procedure at a hospital in New York. New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan released a statement saying the 91-year-old ex-diplomat was "resting comfortably" following the procedure on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, Pool, File)
In this Thursday, May 3, 1973 photo, Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's foreign affairs adviser, briefs newsmen on Nixon's annual State the World report to Congress at the White House in Washington. The report states that North Vietnam risks renewed war with the Untied States unless it lives up to the Vietnam cease-fire. As the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago, angry protesters still awaited them at home. North Vietnamese soldiers took heart from their foes' departure, and South Vietnamese who had helped the Americans feared for the future. While the fall of Saigon two years later â with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations â is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived it. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger appears at the Richard Nixon Centennial Birthday Celebration in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Dr. Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State for President Richard Nixon, addresses the Richard Nixon Centennial Birthday Celebration in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger leaves after attending the funeral service of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, in London April 17, 2013. Thatcher, who was Conservative prime minister between 1979 and 1990, died on April 8 at the age of 87. (AP Photo/Olivia Harris, pool)
File - This Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, shows former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as he attends the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York. New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, where Kissinger has undergone an aortic valve replacement procedure, released a statement saying the 91-year-old ex-diplomat was "resting comfortably" following the procedure on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger talks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during an interview by PBS' Charlie Rose, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2010, to testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "The Role of Strategic Arms Control in a Post-Cold War World". (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Anwar Sadat, right, chats with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger prior to their meeting at Sadat's residence in Giza, Cairo, May 10, 1974. U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, left, and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat on their way to conference room to continue their talks. (AP Photo)
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger answers questions from a panel of newsmen in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1976. Earlier in the day Kissinger delivered an address in Philadelphia discussing the apartheid situation in Africa. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)
U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his wife, Nancy Kissinger takes in the sights on Thursday in March 1975 on the Island of Philae during a break from Kissinger?s Middle East peace mission. (AP Photo)
Sen. Stuart Symington charged, March 2, 1971 that Henry A. Kissinger, right, has become ?Secretary of State in everything but title,? exercising more power sand influence than Secretary of State William P. Rogers, left. Rogers and Kissinger are shown here at the White House, Washington in January 1970. (AP Photo)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger walks past a photo of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a photo exhibit on 30 years of China-US diplomatic relations in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. Kissinger and former President Jimmy Carter are in Beijing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of US China diplomatic relations which commenced on Jan 1st, 1979. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel, Pool)
Mrs. Nancy Regan with Henry Kissinger at California party shown in February 1979 (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrives for a discussion with former Secretaries of State at the taping of CNN's "The Next President: A World of Challenges", Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at George Washington University in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger attends the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize luncheon at the National Press Club, Monday, June 2, 2008, in Washington, where Vice President Dick Cheney, not shown, spoke. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Since essentially wrapping up the GOP nomination, Trump has held multiple meetings with Republican leaders in an attempt to unite the party around his candidacy. He reportedly sat down with former Secretary of State James Baker, who served under President George H.W. Bush, while in Washington, D.C., last week.

The tête-à-tête comes a day after Trump suggested another controversial foreign policy move, suggesting he would be willing to speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about nuclear proliferation. That would be a major departure from the White House's current policy towards Pyongyang.

This is not the first time Kissinger has played a major role in the 2016 election. His relationship with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton came under scrutiny at a debate in New Hampshire in February.

A former secretary of state herself, Clinton claimed, "I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better than anybody had run in a long time."

Her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was critical of the relationship, calling Kissinger "one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country."

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